WATCH // NASA’s R&D back catalogue

Published 21 July 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, aerospace, space, nasa, video

Say goodbye to many, many, many, many hours of your life - once you’ve clicked the link, you’ve signed the contract to be engulfed by HUGE numbers of videos charting NASA’s aerospace tests.

From Mars Rovers to SCRAM Jets, Super Guppy’s to Buzz Aldrin’s pitching arm, this newly released YouTube archive is something to behold.

Below are a few of our favourite picks (so far!):

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Proto Labs Europe gets €4m refurb as demand for Advanced Manufacturing grows

Published 21 July 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, cnc, protolabs

Current and projected customer demand has seen a €4m outlay proposed for new machinery and expanding premises across Proto Labs’ advanced manufacturing services across Europe. 

The company has already confirmed large-scale purchases of Haas CNC machines and Arburg injection moulding machines for its UK base in Telford, boosting its inventory to 130 CNC machining and 57 injection moulding machines.

Lee Ball, Proto Labs UK general manager, said: “Customers today across all industries require fast turnaround, especially in product development.

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New UK workshop is ‘spilling the beans’ on additive manufacturing

Published 19 July 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, 3d printing, manufacturing, additive manufacturing, metals

Croft Additive Manufacturing has launched a new industry workshop to support those wanting to find out more about metal 3D printing and its benefits, as well as a chance to get ‘hands-on’ with the production process.

Attendees at the ‘Let’s Spill The Beans’ workshops will be given a detailed introduction to the fundamentals of the technology from one of the UK’s leading metals 3D printing bureaux.

From initial concept and design stage through to the finishing of components, as well as producing parts on one of Croft’s Realizer SLM-250 metal 3D printers, the events will help guide attendees from a wide range of professions.

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MTC looking to heavily test HP’s 3D printing technology as first UK machine arrives

Published 19 July 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: prototype, hardware, rapid prototyping, 3d printing, manufacturing, hp, mtc, europac 3d

Engineers flock around the HP Jet Fusion 4200 on a recent open day at the MTC in Coventry

A gauntlet of tests and scenarios are already being lined-up at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry, as it takes the wrappers off its new HP Jet Fusion 4200 3D printer.

The machine forms part of a comprehensive technology line-up at the UK’s National Centre for Additive Manufacturing and will be available to all companies interested in testing the technology.

Being the first company to buy a specific 3D printer is not news in this age, but with the Coventry-based MTC having links to all manufacturing industries, its outcomes could be key to the technology’s advancement.

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Onshape Update // July update includes major new surfacing tools

Published 18 July 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, design, industrial design, onshape

The Tangency option in the new Fill surfacing tool sets Onshape to create a surface that has continuity to the surfaces around it

It seems that summer is for surfaces at Onshape, with the July feature releases focussing on new surfacing tools, with fills and enclosures to make solids.

Users can now create a surface defined by a closed boundary of edges or curves by using the Fill tool, making it easy to close off a face, and automatically transform a collection of surfaces into a solid.

The tool adds intelligence for when the surface needs to match surrounding geometry. By selecting edges with the fill command, the Tangency option sets Onshape to create a surface that has continuity to the surfaces around it. This can be set to show ISO curves, as to show better the underlying surface.

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Aerospace’s adoption of 3D printed parts reaches new level

Published 18 July 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, 3d printing, manufacturing, manufacture, stratasys, aerospace

A rare view of 3D printed components, ready to be fitted to an Airbus A350 XWB

An announcement by Airbus that it will use Stratasys FDM 3D printers for non-structural parts such as brackets on its A350 XWB aircraft, sees the aerospace industry increase its adoption of 3D printed end-use parts.

Airbus will now use Stratasys Direct Manufacturing’s 3D printing capacity and infrastructure for parts on demand for its next generation of aircraft, with Airbus signalling that this will allow them to achieve greater supply chain flexibility, and improve cost competitiveness, while leveraging on reduced material consumption and waste.

The companies have worked together since 2013 on the implementation of 3D printing FDM applications, leading to the qualification in 2014 of the Ultem 9085 material for the production of flying parts on Airbus aircrafts. With thousands of parts installed on aircraft since 2015.

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Plataine Material and Asset Tracker allows ‘full traceability of Digital Thread’ through manufacture

Published 18 July 2017

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: iot, siemens, materials, iiot, plataine

Industrial IoT software firm Plataine launches the latest version of its Material and Asset Tracker software, a ‘cutting-edge manufacturing optimisation software’.

As part of the new Version 4.0, Plataine has expanded support for the entire manufacturing supply chain, where OEMs and suppliers can collaborate on a single platform for integrated visibility of manufacturing status and traceability.

Analytical algorithms have been introduced to the system, analysing large-scale databases and driving alerts and recommendations, while users have complete visibility of the production floor, with real-time tracking of the location, condition and status of critical assets, such as raw materials, tools, parts and assemblies.

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